KCH Admits First Coronavirus Patient

April 23, 2020, 11:28 AM HST (Updated April 23, 2020, 11:28 AM)
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Kona Community Hospital registration entryway. PC: KCH

Kona Community Hospital admitted its first positive case of COVID-19 on Wednesday, according to a hospital press release.

The patient is an adult resident of the Big Island with no history of travel and is said to be in stable condition. Due to privacy laws, no other personal information was available.

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“Kona Community Hospital has been actively preparing with our federal, state, and county partners to respond to a confirmed novel coronavirus case since February,” said Infection Prevention and Employee Health Director, Lisa Downing, RN. “Our top priority is maintaining the health and safety of our staff and patients.”

The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s on-call virologist was consulted and supports the hospital’s care management of this patient, which includes precautions to protect patients and staff, the release said.

KCH said it will follow its COVID-19 emergency management playbook, which is outlined as follows:

  • Minimizing the number of employees who enter the patient’s room.
  • Following precautions defined by CDC that include standard, contact, airborne and eye protection.
  • Patient is in an airborne isolation room.

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